RE-MASTERING by: STEVE HOFFMAN & KEVIN GRAY------------Side A: 1. Strollin’ With Bones 2. You Don’t Love Me 3. You Don’t Understand 4. Say! Pretty Baby 5. Tell Me What’s The Reason 6. Blue Mood
Side B: 1. The Sun Went Down 2. Travelin’ Blues 3. Evil Hearted Woman 4. Cold Cold Feeling 5. I Got The Blues Again 6. Blues Is A Woman
Personnel: Aaron T-Bone Walker, vocal and guitar on all selections.
A1, A2, B1, B2, B3: Eddie Hutcherson, trumpet; Edward Hale, alto saxophone; Eddie Davis, tenor saxophone; Jim Wynn, tenor & baritone saxophones; Zell Kindred, piano; Buddy Woodson, bass; Robert “Snake” Sims, drums. Los Angeles, April 5, 1950
A3, A4, A5 : unknown trumpet & alto saxophone; Maxwell Davis, tenor saxophone; Willard McDaniels, piano; Billy Hadnott, bass; Oscar lee Bradley, drums. Los Angeles, August 15 and 20, 1951
B4, B5, B6 : unknown trumpet & alto saxophone; Maxwell Davis, tenor saxophone; Willard McDaniels, piano; Billy Hadnott, bass; Oscar lee Bradley, drums. Los Angeles, December, 1951
A6, unknown trumpet, alto tenor & baritone saxophones, piano, bass and drums. Los Angeles,
January 5, 1952
T-Bone is one of the all time greats, an innovator and significant influence on just about every blues guitarist who followed. But his musical legacy is also incredibly enjoyable, full of humour as well as invention.
A man who played the blues with flair, sophistication, technical brilliance and a sense of humour, Aaron Thibeaux Walker was born in Linden, Cass County, of Cherokee Indian descent. His trademark was the cool, telling West Coast licks which emanated from his guitar - there have been few who have done the job better. Throughout his career, he was backed by bands of excellent quality, bands which included players of the stature of tenor players 'Bumps' Meyers and Jack McVea and the bassist Billy Hadnott, who was good enough to tutor Mingus. Aaron Walker pioneered the electric guitar sound that helped create the blues and thus influenced all popular music that followed.
He played one of the first electric guitars in the mid-‘30s, recording with it in 1939. His “T-Bone Blues,” recorded as a member of Les Hite’s Cotton Club Orchestra, and “Stormy Monday” both became blues classics, demonstrating his jazz-based blues style.
His single-string solos influenced blues players like B.B. King and such rockers as Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Walker continued to perform through the ‘70s, dying of a stroke in 1975 after suffering ulcer and alcoholism problems most of his life. His legacy lives in just about every time a guitartist take a solo.
Scheduled for release October 2007